On 23 June 2016, the UK voted to leave the EU, in Kingston the Referendum vote was 38.4% leave & 61.6% remain. Kingston welcomes people from all over the world who make a huge contribution to the community and this includes 11,000 people from other countries in the European Union.
Kingston Council believes diversity is one of the boroughs greatest strengths and wants to protect the rights of all its residents, including EU citizens.
The full impact of Britain exiting the European Union upon EU Citizens living in the UK will not be known until the negotiations between the UK and the EU are completed. Individual circumstances will vary and in some circumstances residents adversely affected by Brexit may benefit from seeking independent legal advice. Additional information is also available on GOV.UK
Current situation for people from countries in the European Union
If you’re a European Union (EU), European Economic Area (EEA) or Swiss citizen, you and your family will be able to apply to get either settled or pre-settled status. Those who already have five years continuous lawful resident in the UK will be eligible for settled status. Others will be able to remain in the UK to build-up five years' continuous residence provided they apply for pre-settled status.
This will mean you can continue living in the UK after 31 December 2020, you will have until 30 June 2021 to apply for either settled or pre-settled status. If you're joining a family member in the UK you may be able to apply after this date.
Kingston is one of the local authorities supporting EU, EEA and Swiss citizens complete the ID verification part of the process.
Kingston Council continues to call for clarity and reassurance from government on what the business and trade agreements will be post-Brexit and the implications for Kingston.
The Government has created an employer's toolkit with advice and information to support EU citizens and their families to apply to the EU settlement scheme.
For information about the potential impact on businesses, what support is available and proposals for how Brexit should be approached from a business perspective see:
- Confederation of British Industry
- Federation of Small Businesses
- London Chamber of Commerce and Industry
- Institute of Directors
- British Chambers of Commerce
- Find more information about exiting the EU and UK residence, or to register with the Home Office in order to receive information updates on GOV.UK
- As has been the case prior to the referendum, if you are an extended family member from the European Economic Area (EEA), or a Swiss person and are not qualified in your own right, you can apply for a registration certificate. View the online application or paper application
- The European Commission has provided some useful frequently asked questions and answers regarding the rights of EU Citizens in the UK.
- To find an immigration advisor or solicitor near you who can provide independent legal advice, visit the Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association (ILPA) or the Law Society.
- For free advice on obtaining residence documentation for EEA nationals and their family to achieve settled status, see the UK Citizenship for European Nationals.
- The London Assembly has information about Brexit, including impact assessments, the work of its committees and the views of the Mayor of London.
- On the The Local Government Association website, which represents councils across England and Wales, there is an explanation of the reassurances and commitments local government wants from the government.
- The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO), which promotes the voluntary sector and volunteering, has a Brexit section which explores the issues for its sector.